Remember, You Don’t Have to Do It Alone

It’s Chris here, back with one last tip on how to build your business while you have a full-time job.

So far this week, I’ve shared tips to help you set your frame of mind, create more time in your week, and advance your copywriting skills. Today, I’d like to talk about something that enriches your life as well as your business.

One of the greatest benefits I’ve enjoyed in my copywriting journey is friendship. I’ve met wonderful people who are pursuing their dreams, just as you may be. They understand why you’re willing to sacrifice a TV show for time at your keyboard. More importantly, they form a network of support that helps everyone along the way.

When life throws you a curveball, your copywriting group will provide that extra support to get you through. When my husband was ill for more than a year with an undiagnosed brain tumor, I had to turn my attention away from my fledgling business. My copywriting family cheered me on. Their support also helped me when it was time to get started again.

When you need opinions on copy, a buddy group is crucial. For example, if you’re working on headlines, ask everyone in your group to pick a favorite from your top five. Then, return the favor for them. This is a fast and easy way to improve both your copywriting skills as well as the promotion you’re working on.

Plus, a buddy group can keep you accountable to your schedule and your goals. One email a week, updating everyone on your progress, is all it takes.

So, how do you cultivate your support group? Here are some ideas:

  • Both AWAI and the PWA (Professional Writers Alliance) offer forums for members. You can post copy for other members to review, ask questions, and share ideas. Find out more about both by going here.
  • Circle of Success members meet fellow copywriters as they move through their online courses. I met a fellow member, Kevin Adam, in my “Headlines and Leads” class. Seven years later, we still talk at least once a month.
  • If you live in a larger city, you can meet up with local copywriters. Some AWAI members have done this through the AWAI forum.
  • Finally, attend events such as the AWAI Bootcamp, where you’ll find supportive, likeminded people, some of whom may become life-long friends. I met people who are now some of my best friends this way. (Hello to my NTBD group!)

So, for one more time, grab your schedule. Pick a date, and make a promise to introduce yourself to other copywriters using one of the methods I’ve listed above.

Bring everything together by making it a goal to attend AWAI’s Annual Bootcamp in October. And, let me know if you’re planning to go in today’s comments. I would love to meet you and hear your goals over coffee!

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Published: May 16, 2014

6 Responses to “Remember, You Don’t Have to Do It Alone”

  1. I am attending boot amp for the first time. I am very excited to meet people who are doing the same thing I want to do. In fact, I am meeting other AWAI students this weekend in Seattle. I want to give encouragement and ask for it with this group that is relatively close to home. I only live 290 miles away from the meeting site.
    Thanks for your articles this week. They were all very helpful


  2. I think I'll check out the bootcamp.

    Guest (vcleppky)

  3. Hi, Chris! Joined COS at my first Bootcamp last year and I'm looking forward to my second in October!

    Guest (Cheryl Ewing)

  4. Hi Chris ... Love your articles! Your tips are so valuable ... and so inspiring! Hope to meet you at Bootcamp!

    Guest (Audrey Gauna)

  5. Hey there Chris! I'll be going to this years Bootcamp. I just started the six figure to copywriting program. I plan to be finished before then. I hope to meet you and everyone else there!

    Craig T

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